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#Travel140 Travel Tips: 5 ways to upcycle a pillbox into a useful travel accessory.

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It seems that we’ve been getting complimentary pillboxes from all sorts of places lately. (Perhaps an indication that we’re not 20something anymore?) A good number of them went into the recycle bin, until we figured out how to “upcycle” them into something useful. We now have a few that we’ll pack for different types of trips, and we keep them stocked so we can grab and go!

Turn a Pillbox into a Travel Box!

  • Jewelry Wardrobe
    • Any fashionista will tell you, it’s all in the accessories! The problem is keeping them neat and safe while traveling. The small compartments of a pill box are perfect for holding rings, earrings, and necklaces without getting all tangled up. It adds a little extra security, since most people aren’t going to snatch your pill box when they’re looking for valuables.
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  • Office Organizer
    • We’ve done a fair amount of work in hotel rooms, coffee shops, and airplanes. Number one problem: Can’t find a paper clip when you need one! Solution? Stash some office essentials in a pillbox. The size is great for a few small items, including rubber bands, small binder clips, brads, and erasers.
  • Make-Up Kit
    • Instead of packing make-up, moisturizers, toners and the lot, try filling the compartments of a good, watertight pillbox with small amounts of your beauty routine must-haves. You’ll save room and weight, and come in under the TSA’s 3-ounce rule.
  • Medicine Cabinet
    • Even if you don’t have daily medication to pack, you probably take along a few things, “just in case.” Allergy tablets. Pain killers. Band-Aids. M&Ms. (Because #chocolate!) That pillbox makes a handy, travel-sized emergency kit. You can even fill one compartment with a needle, thread and buttons, because sometimes it’s your shirt that has the emergency.
  • Spa-in-a-Pill-Box
    • We saved the best for last. Seven compartments, right? Load those up with bath beads, bubble beads, and aromatics, filling a few of them with Epsom salt (because it’s good for you!). Nothing soothes and renews after a long-haul flight or a day of sightseeing like relaxing in the tub.
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How have you upcycled items to use in your travels? Please share in the comments, and we’ll re-post the best. (Be sure to include your Twitter handle and a link to your blog, if you have one!) Or click for more #Travel140!

10 comments on “#Travel140 Travel Tips: 5 ways to upcycle a pillbox into a useful travel accessory.

  1. Great ideas! I recently used one to create a spice kit for our upcoming road trip. We’ll be doing a lot of camping cooking, but I didn’t want to have to take full-sized spice bottles of every single one…. voila! Pill box to the rescue.

  2. Great tips, Rob…I’m going to consider having a pillbox too for vitamins, ear-rings, etc. Another tiny item which we can keep in the pill box is your home country SIM card. When I returned from the Philippines last year, I was going through my toiletry bag trying to search for my SIM card…where the heck did I keep my SIM card, lol! Finally found it in another small purse which contained my ear-rings 🙂

    • Thanks Kat! We discovered that SIM cards fit too, along with microSD cards. Nice to have someplace to put them that’s not so easy to lose! Thanks for your comment.

    • Hi Agnes – Organized is good, right? I figured out that they’re great for keeping spare microSD cards in, too. If you have some international micro- or nano-sized SIM cards for your smartphone, they fit, too. Somebody stop me…it’s like a cry for help! 😉 Thanks for reading, Agnes.

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